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This report looks at the last 50 years of contraceptive use in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region and how the role of family planning has contributed to a decline in fertility. While many factors have contributed to this decline, this report examines the specific role of family planning in reducing fertility. Its objectives are to document changes in the region in fertility rates and contraceptive use over time, provide a historical overview of organizations, events, and the political environment in the early years of the family planning movement, identify key factors that explain the effectiveness of family planning (FP) programs in this region, and outline remaining challenges, including high rates of adolescent fertility in many LAC countries.
In addition, the report is informed by eight associated case studies that examine the experiences of selected countries of the region: Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. The case studies drew on the in-depth interviews held in those countries and conducted for this report.
These documents are available on the Mesaure Evaluation website.
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For an in-depth look, search POPLINE for documents on these topics:
- Lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) for family planning
- Family planning and immunization integration
- Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and family planning integration
Peter Kisaakye is pursuing his doctoral studies in Demography at the University of Cape Town. Currently in his second year, his research examines patterns of contraceptive use dynamics using calendar data and reproductive intentions in East Africa. As Peter was interested in studying fertility transition in East Africa, he needed to know the existing literature about the topic to inform his study design. He used POPLINE as one of his search resources and found many documents, both journal articles and grey literature that helped inform his research. This is his story.